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Determination No. A-2019-12

January 30, 2019
 

APPLICATION by Flair Airlines Ltd. (Flair), on behalf of itself and Travel Service, a.s. (Travel Service), pursuant to section 60 of the Canada Transportation Act, S.C., 1996, c. 10, as amended (CTA), and section 8.2 of the Air Transportation Regulations, SOR/88-58, as amended (ATR).

 
Case number: 
19-00313
 

APPLICATION

Flair, on behalf of itself and Travel Service, has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) for an approval to permit Flair to provide its scheduled international service between Canada and the United States of America using one aircraft with flight crew provided by Travel Service, beginning on January 31, 2019 to April 30, 2019.

Flair is licensed to operate a scheduled international service in accordance with the Air Transport Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America signed on March 12, 2007.

In its application filed on January 21, 2019, Flair states that it had seven aircraft on its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) at the time of application.

Flair has also requested an exemption from the application of subsection 8.2(2) of the ATR, which requires the filing of an application for an approval at least 45 days before the first planned flight. The Agency finds that compliance with subsection 8.2(2) of the ATR is impractical in this case. Accordingly, the Agency, pursuant to paragraph 80(1)(c) of the CTA, exempts Flair from the application of subsection 8.2(2) of the ATR.

POLICY

When assessing wet-lease applications where Canadian carriers propose to enter into wet lease arrangements of more than 30 days with foreign carriers to provide international passenger services, the Agency must apply a direction issued by the Minister of Transport on June 24, 2014 entitled Ministerial Direction for International Service – Canada's Policy for Wet-Leasing (2014 Wet Lease Policy), and must specifically ensure that the 20-percent cap is respected at the time of application. The 2014 Wet-Lease Policy also states that the Agency should condition or deny an application if Canadian air carriers do not enjoy reciprocal opportunities to wet lease in the foreign jurisdiction of the lessor.

ISSUE

Is the Agency satisfied that the application of Flair meets the requirements of section 8.2 of the ATR and the criteria of the 2014 Wet Lease Policy, specifically the 20 percent cap?

ANALYSIS AND FINDINGS

Section 60 of the CTA requires that a licensee obtain, where prescribed, an approval from the Agency prior to using aircraft with flight crew provided by another person.

Section 8.2 of the ATR sets out the information to be included in an application and the requirements to be met for an approval pursuant to section 60 of the CTA.

Pursuant to the 2014 Wet-Lease Policy, for wet-leases of more than 30 days, a number of aircraft equal to 20 percent of the number of Canadian-registered aircraft on the lessee's AOC may be wet leased from foreign lessors. The Agency notes that at the time of the application, on January 21, 2019, Flair had seven aircraft on its AOC. Therefore, the application of Flair meets the 20 percent cap requirement of the 2014 Wet Lease Policy.

The Agency has considered the application and the material in support and is satisfied that it meets the remaining requirements of section 8.2 of the ATR.

Accordingly, the Agency, pursuant to paragraph 60(1)(b) of the CTA and section 8.2 of the ATR, approves the use by Flair of one aircraft with flight crew provided by Travel Service, and the provision by Travel Service of such aircraft and flight crew to Flair, to permit Flair to provide its scheduled international service on licensed routes between Canada and the United States of America using one aircraft and flight crew provided by Travel Service, beginning on January 31, 2019 to April 30, 2019.

This approval is subject to the following conditions:

  1. Flair shall continue to hold the valid licence authority.
  2. Commercial control of the flights shall be maintained by Flair. Travel Service shall maintain operational control of the flights and shall receive payment based on the rental of aircraft and crew and not on the basis of the volume of traffic carried or other revenue-sharing formula.
  3. Flair and Travel Service shall continue to comply with the insurance requirements set out in subsections 8.2(4), 8.2(5) and 8.2(6) of the ATR.
  4. Flair shall continue to comply with the public disclosure requirements set out in section 8.5 of the ATR.
  5. Flair and Travel Service shall advise the Agency in advance of any changes to the information provided in support of the application.
 

Member(s)

J. Mark MacKeigan

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Flair Airlines announces 2019/2020 winter schedule

Provided by Flair Airline/Globe Newswire

Edmonton, July 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Flair Airlines announced its 2019/2020 winter schedule with low fare service out of seven Canadian gateways; Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto’s Pearson International.  

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Jim Scott, Flair’s CEO commented, “As Canada’s only independent low fare airline, our new winter schedule will bring more and more Canadians together right across the country. With over a million passengers flown in the last year, we are quietly building a very loyal group of ‘Flair Flyers’.”

Commencing on October 27th the new winter schedule sees a continuation of Flair’s recently introduced and highly competitive daily non-stop services from Toronto (YYZ) to both Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC). At its winter peak, Flair will operate some 146 flights per week utilizing its fleet which includes both Boeing 737-800s and 737-400s.

Flair’s 2019/2020 winter schedule from Oct. 27, 2019 – Mar. 27, 2020 features: 

From Edmonton Weekly Departures Days
to Kelowna 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Vancouver 10 Daily
to Abbotsford 5 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Toronto (Pearson) 7 Daily
     
From Toronto (Pearson) Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 7 Daily
to Vancouver 7 Daily
to Winnipeg 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Calgary 7 Daily
     
From Calgary Weekly Departures Days
to Vancouver 7 Daily
to Winnipeg 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Abbotsford 7 Daily
to Toronto (Pearson) 7 Daily
     
From Vancouver Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 10 Daily
to Calgary 7 Daily
to Toronto (Pearson) 7 Daily
     
From Abbotsford Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 5 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Calgary 7 Daily
     
From Winnipeg Weekly Departures Days
to Calgary 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Toronto (Pearson) 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
     
From Kelowna Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri

Note: additional frequencies will be available during the holiday season.

For more on Flair’s 2019/2020 schedule, please visit https://flyflair.com/travel-info/schedule/

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Flair Airlines Appoints Five Vice-Presidents and One New Director

 
‎Today, ‎November ‎22, ‎2019, ‏‎58 minutes ago | Canadian Aviation News

Provided by Flair Airlines/Globe Newswire

Canada’s first and only independent ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), Flair airlines reinforces its executive team

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EDMONTON, AB, CANADA, Nov. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — While the Canadian aviation industry is being unfairly restricted by its larger carriers, Flair Airlines continues its evolution to make travel more accessible, more affordable, and more desirable for all. 

A management team with strong experience in the domestic ULCC market 

Captain Matt Kunz is appointed to Vice-President, Flight Operations. Serving as Flair Airlines’ Chief Pilot since September 2018, Captain Kunz was previously a senior captain with Emirates Airlines. 

Flair airlines’ Director of Maintenance Guy Borowski is promoted to Vice-President, Maintenance. Mr. Borowski was formerly the Vice-President of Technical Operations for Spirit Airlines. 

Sarah Riches becomes Vice-President, Commercial after serving as Flair airlines’ Commercial Director. Ms. Riches holds previous experience from the airline Canadian North. 

Jocelyn Harris has been promoted from Director, Finance to Vice-President, Finance. Prior to joining Flair airlines, Ms. Harris was acting Director of Financial Accounting for the Edmonton Airport Authority. 

Richard Williams is named Vice-President, Human Resources. Mr. Williams served as Flair airlines’ Director of Human Resources and previously held management positions with EPCOR, Capital Power and ATCO. 

Sandy Burns is appointed Director, In-Flight Services. Ms. Burns has been and continues to serve as Flair airlines’ Flight Attendant Manager and has occupied management positions with WestJet Encore and JAZZ. 

We are excited about our new executive team who will help Flair Airlines continue to grow as Canada’s only independent low-cost airline” says Flair’s CEO Jim Scott, “This dynamic team of industry leading aviation experts will guide Flair Airlines into the future of providing Canadians with the lowest possible airfare.” 

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Flair Airlines warns customers to beware of fraudsters impersonating its website

News provided by the Vancouver Sun – link to full story and updates

Fake sites ask customers to call a toll-free number to complete transactions

COLIN MCCLELLAND  January 3, 2020

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Canadian budget carrier Flair Airlines Ltd. issued a fraud warning Friday saying customers should beware of fake websites impersonating its employees and services.

Kelowna, B.C.-based Flair said it has become aware of false sites requesting potential passengers to call into a toll-free number to complete transactions, which Flair does not do. “Should a window appear with a phone number to call please be advised you may be experiencing fraud,” the carrier said in a statement.

It said the correct URL of its website is www.flyflair.com and its only customer service number is 1-780-809-1784. It recommends that if customers are uncertain they should hang up and call its customer service line directly.

“Flair does not stand for fraud and is working closely with the RCMP to investigate and rectify this issue as soon as possible,” the company said in a statement. “If you feel you have been a victim of fraud, please contact your local police.”

So far, it appears no one’s actually been swindled by the imposter websites, which the airline says appears to be based outside of Canada. Canadians lost around $100 million to fraud in 2017, according to the Competition Bureau Canada.

Flair Airlines operated as a charter carrier for more than a decade before transitioning to fully scheduled service in June, 2017. The airline uses Edmonton as its main hub offering 120 flights a week across the country that it claims undercut market prices by as much as 40 per cent. Its destinations include Abbotsford, B.C., Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto’s Pearson International.

The airline competes domestically in the discount or ultra-low-fare space with Air Canada’s subsidiary Rouge, Westjet Airline Ltd.’s Swoop and the beleaguered Canada Jetlines Ltd., which has been trying to get off the ground since 2012 and recently signed a letter of intent to merge with Delaware-based Global Crossing Airlines and add U.S. vacation destinations to its plans.

Ultra-low-cost airlines are betting that customers will place cheap fares above other considerations, but they have to contend with a large and sparsely populated country that makes travel expensive. And their small fleets mean unexpected disruptions can have a whopping impact on their schedules.

For instance, the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max planes may not have affected some of them directly, but it has sent their parent airlines such as Air Canada and WestJet scrambling to meet demand, withdrawing plane options that could otherwise be lent to subsidiaries when they encounter problems.

And when customers are sidelined by maintenance issues and have to rebook on a main carrier, they may incur huge fares when booking last minute.

Flair is phasing out its older Boeing 737-400 aircraft by adding newer Boeing 737-800s in a fleet renewal program it says will increase efficiency and punctuality.

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AC and WJ had the same issue. Very sophisticated group mimicking the sites of airlines around the world and popping up a message telling passengers to call a number to help book. They then purchase a ticket for the passenger but inflate the price and keep the difference! Slick since the person actually flies and no complaints generated.

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On 1/6/2020 at 1:38 AM, Trader said:

AC and WJ had the same issue. Very sophisticated group mimicking the sites of airlines around the world and popping up a message telling passengers to call a number to help book. They then purchase a ticket for the passenger but inflate the price and keep the difference! Slick since the person actually flies and no complaints generated.

Wait... isn’t that the exact description of a travel agent? 😁

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Flair Airlines launches the first ever affordable travel pass in Canada – inspiring Canadians to get up and GO travel!

Provided by Flair Airlines/Globe Newswire

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Travel as much as you want with Flair’s Go Travel Pass, a 90-day unlimited travel pass starting at $499

February 05, 2020 08:00 ET Source: Flair Airlines

Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair Airlines (Flair) Canada’s only independently owned ultra-low-cost airline launches a limited time offer, making it easy for Canadians to connect with their family, friends and loved ones without “breaking the bank.”

For less than the cost of one roundtrip flight on other airlines, Flair’s Go Travel Pass allows passengers to fly across Canada between February 13th – May 13th, 2020 as often as they like.  The program gives passengers the flexibility to choose between a basic and unlimited package to best support their travel needs.

“We are thrilled to offer our passengers the freedom and flexibility to travel with our unlimited pass.  Whether you are a student who needs to visit home, a small business owner on a budget, a family needing to connect or an adventure seeker looking for your next thrill; all Canadians deserve to travel without hesitation,” said Sarah Riches, Director of Commercial for Flair Airlines.  “This pass is for the people and speaks to our mission of making air travel more accessible, affordable and desirable for all.”

Having flown nearly one million passengers in 2019 and targeted to fly 1.5 million in 2020, Flair Airlines continues to make waves in the airline industry and competitive environment by valuing the needs of Canadians and the importance of connecting people across the country.

Where will the Go Travel Pass take you? See all that Canada has to offer with unlimited travel between February 13 and May 13, 2020.

Go travel passes are available for a limited time and based on availability at flyflair.com.

*Sale ends February 12th, 2020 (11:59pm MST). Three months unlimited travel starting February 13th until May 13th, 2020. Restrictions apply based on selected pass tier.

 

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Flair Airlines Expands East: Bringing Eastern and Atlantic Canada Jet Service and Competitive Airfares

Provided by Flair Airlines/Globe Newswire

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Canada’s only independently owned low-cost carrier, Flair Airlines, adds new flights to Ottawa, Saint John, Charlottetown and returns to Halifax

Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Flair is excited to announce its 2020 summer schedule which will expand service into Eastern and Atlantic Canada starting May 2020.  New destinations will include Ottawa, ON; Saint John, NB, Charlottetown, PEI; as well as a returning service to Halifax, NS.

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Sarah Riches, Director of Commercial for Flair Airlines states: “Our Mission is to make air travel accessible, affordable and desirable for all. Eastern and Atlantic Canada have long been plagued by high airfares and undesirable service. Simply put, they have been paying too much for too little and we believe its time for change.”  Jim Scott, CEO of Flair Airlines reports, “We are committed to connecting more Canadians with their families and friends across the country. Our expanded routes into Ottawa and the Atlantic Maritimes are exciting and displays the need Canadians have for affordable air travel.  Having flown nearly one million passengers in 2019 and with plans to fly 1.5 million in 2020, we are proud to be expanding our reach further across the country.”

Passengers aren’t the only ones excited for Flair to start service in their hometowns. Airports were also quick to welcome and offer their support. “Airlines like Flair have changed the aviation landscape worldwide by delivering lower-cost unbundled fares” said Mark Laroche, President and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority. “Every passenger has the choice to pay for the options they value, such as seat assignments, checked bags, as well as in-flight food and beverage. Flair Airlines is a welcome addition to YOW’s offering.”

Saint John Airport President and CEO, Derrick Stanford, expressed similar excitement. “We’re delighted that Flair Airlines has selected Saint John as their exclusive New Brunswick destination. We’re dedicated to finding Saint John travellers the best possible value and options, and with Flair’s unique pricing model almost anyone can afford to fly.”

At the heart of Flair’s new markets is a commitment to support local communities and businesses.  From promoting tourism to placing local food and beverage product on board, Flair strives to contribute to the economic growth of the communities it serves.

“It’s exciting to see Flair return to Halifax Stanfield this summer, providing our passengers with even more choice for travel between Ontario and Nova Scotia,” said Joyce Carter, President & CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority. “The addition of Ottawa as a second destination will complement Flair’s service between Halifax and the Toronto area over the past two years. We know their service offering is appealing to people of all ages and provides a stronger connection between our communities, driving inbound tourism and economic growth – it’s a real win-win.”

Adding Charlottetown to Flair’s route network has also sparked excitement and encouragement. “We are pleased to welcome Flair Airlines as our newest airline partner to Charlottetown,” said Doug Newson, CEO at Charlottetown Airport Authority. “Flair has impressively grown their fleet and route network since their launch in 2017, and we are excited to be a part of this latest expansion into Atlantic Canada.”

In addition to their new Atlantic routes, Flair has also relaunched service between Calgary and Kelowna, a route that passengers voiced their interest in heavily.

To celebrate their new summer schedule and destinations, Flair is offering introductory one-way fares between Toronto and Ottawa starting as low as $59 and fares between Toronto and Saint John for as little as $79 including all taxes and fees (limited seats available for a limited time).

The first new route commences service on April 16 between Calgary and Kelowna, followed by Toronto to Halifax on May 14, Ottawa on June 16, Charlottetown on June 26 and Saint John on June 25.

Details of Flair’s new service:

Service Between Service Offered Weekly Frequency Service Run-Time
Toronto, ON to Halifax, NS Thursday and Sunday 2 x per week, growing to 6x May 14th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Toronto, ON to Saint John, NB Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays 4 x per week June 25th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Toronto, ON to Charlottetown, PEI Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3 x Week June 26th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Toronto, ON to Ottawa, ON Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7 x Week June 16th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Edmonton, AB to Ottawa, ON Monday, Thursday and Saturday 3 x Week June 18th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Calgary, AB to Ottawa, ON Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 3 x Week June 17th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Ottawa, ON to Halifax, NS Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6 x Week June 17th, 2020 – October 24th, 2020
Calgary, AB to Kelowna, BC Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5 x Week April 16, 2020 – October 24th, 2020

Bookings are now available for the newly announced routes for booking until October 24th, 2020.  Learn more at flyflair.com or connect with Flair on social media @flairairlines

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On 2/6/2020 at 10:22 AM, thor said:

Advertising for cash flow!

Yup, looks like a death spiral.

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